March 11, 2016

Funding for Substance Abuse Services Coming to Community Health Centers in Five West Virginia Counties

Centers in Cabell, Hancock, Kanawha, Putnam and Upshur Counties will receive grant funding to improve and expand drug treatment services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that five community health centers across West Virginia will receive more than $1.7 million to improve and expand substance abuse services. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding will help health centers better address the substance abuse treatment needs in their communities, with a focus on treating opioid use disorders.

The five community health centers receiving awards are Valley Health Systems, Inc. in Huntington; Change, Inc. in Weirton; Cabin Creek Health Center, Inc. in Dawes; Womencare, Inc. in Scott Depot; and Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave.

“The opioid epidemic has ravaged our state and it is critical we improve and expand services in West Virginia to effectively treat and address opioid addiction,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding will ensure our health centers have the necessary tools and resources to better address the substance abuse treatment needs within their communities. We must continue to do everything in our power to stem the tide of substance abuse and this funding is crucial in our fight.”

“Expanding treatment options for those struggling with addiction is one of the biggest challenges we face in the fight for a drug-free West Virginia. Community health centers serve one in five West Virginians and could see an influx of patients because of the drug epidemic. I have and will continue to ensure that West Virginia receives the resources it needs to combat the devastating drug epidemic,” said Senator Capito.

Individual awards are listed below:

• $406,250 – Valley Health Systems, Inc., Huntington, Cabell County
• $370,204 – Change, Inc., Weirton, Hancock County
• $317,650 – Cabin Creek Health Center, Inc., Dawes, Kanawha County
• $325,000 – Womencare, Inc., Scott Depot, Putnam County
• $352,083 – Community Care of West Virginia, Rock Cave, Upshur County